Friday, August 28, 2009

Boozing for Brita..sorry, England

The BBC has a problem accepting that "health" is no more a national question in the devolved UK, yet:
English holidaymakers are turning to drink on their breaks with the average adult consuming eight alcoholic drinks a day, a survey suggests.

That equates to 80 drinks over the course of the average holiday, or well over 200 units of alcohol.

More than a quarter said they ended up drinking three times more than normal
These kind of "health surveys" are normally based on very shaky methodology anyway (ie the BBC has a quiet news day and asks its resident doc to do a calculation about some headline-grabbing *concern* on the back of an envelope)so why then limit it to "English" holiday makers? Though I suppose it is possible the N.Irish, Scottish and Welsh stick to the pineapple juice when they hit the beach...

5 comments:

Chekov said...

Eight! The lightweight English.

Actually that only holds good for Northern Ireland trips. The missus would throw a fit if I had the record on one of our 'calmer' holidays.

O'Neill said...

"Actually that only holds good for Northern Ireland trips."

Huh, make that 8 and a bottle of Bush before breakfast:)

Four max (daily obviously!)if I'm on holiday with the better half as she relies on my map-reading, translation skills....also means I can keep better control of the credit card in high risk situations (eg anywhere within 100 metres of a clothes shop;))

Wyrdtimes said...

We're English when we sin but Brishit when we're sinned against. Take all the recent stories about appalling healthcare standards - all examples come from England - the NHS they're talking about is the English NHS but no mention of "England" whatsoever.

http://tinyurl.com/lzm6nh

O'Neill said...

"Brishit"? Doesn't make much sense insulting someone's nationality when they've just written a post largely agreeing with your point. Or was it just a careless typing error caused by a lunchtime pint?!

John Henry said...

Well said. I´ve been in places where the barman automatically keeps binging the drinks if he sees things are running low. But if you put a beermat on top of your glass, he will know you don´t want any more. That system worked perfectly well.